With Labor Day approaching, some of us will be looking to find moments to squeeze in extra moments of work. We have a hard time resting. But rest is an inherently good — even biblical — thing. God gave us rest as a gift to restore our bodies and nourish our souls.
In honor of Labor Day, take some time to reflect on the importance of rest. We’ve collected a handful of articles and resources to help.
Rest isn’t just good; it’s a fundamental rhythm of the good life, as Larry Trotter of North Wake Church explains in this video from Wisdom Forum: The Good Life. He says,
We are looking for love in all the wrong places.
Ronjour Locke, Instructor of Preaching and Urban Ministry, explains what he learned about rest from a rest retreat. Here’s an excerpt:
How could I be so fidgety when the Most High wants me in his presence?
Some of us are tempted towards workaholism, while others of us are tempted towards sloth. Rest is neither, explains Walter Strickland. He writes,
Rest also recalibrates the market-drive values of the Western mind.
Ashley Dannelly reflects on God’s love and how important it is to spend time with Him. She explains,
It’s easy to fall for the lie that God expects us to constantly be at work. But that isn’t true. God also wants us to approach Him expecting rest and rejuvenation (Psalm 23:2-3).
Do yourself a favor this Labor Day: Turn off the devices, and embrace the quiet. Annie Lavi explains why in this article.
I was leaning on noise to make me feel comforted more than I was leaning on the Lord.
Enjoy your Labor Day!